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Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 596.  Tuesday, 28 Sept. 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Simon Rae <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Sep 1993 15:32:56 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 4.0581 Re: Color-Blind Casting
 
(2)     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Sep 1993 13:42:33 -0300
        Subj:   Film Casting; Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
 
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Date:           Monday, 27 Sep 1993 15:32:56 +0100
Subject: 4.0581 Re: Color-Blind Casting
Comment:        RE: SHK 4.0581 Re: Color-Blind Casting
 
Quick comment on this ... I remember my mother enthusing about (it was too long
ago to 'rave about') Paul Robeson as Othello at the RSC, Stratford in the
50s/(very early 60s). That wasn't without it's problems then ... there were
mutterings against communism and politics etc. The "race thing" ran the "'red'
thing" a poor second I remember.
 
> ... The Royal Shakespeare Company first cast a black performer
> in a lead role in 1985 -- Josette Simon, who played Rosaline in *Love's
> Labour's Lost*.  ...
> Ellen Edgerton
> Syracuse University
> 
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Date:           Monday, 27 Sep 1993 13:42:33 -0300
Subject:        Film Casting; Color-Blind and Color-Aware Casting
 
Hi!
 
I hate to keep this discussion going until it dies of extreme old age,
but I'd like to know if anyone proposed that the disjunction of Don Pedro's
and Don John's race might suggest that they had different mothers, that
only one is legitimate, and that the dynamic of jealousy might be similar
to that between Edgar and Edmund in King Lear.
Sorry if this has come up before,
 
        Sean Lawrence.
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